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Worcester Road Diesel Depot
Worcester Road Diesel Depot is Gauge 1 1/32nd scale. It is a straightforward shed, 10 feet by 2 feet, operated from the front. The scenic/diorama engine shed board is 6 feet long and the fiddle yard board is 4 feet long.
With the side wall removed, giving a wide screen pillar box aperture for viewing into the shed, the viewer is forced to get down low and appreciate the vista in a more realistic view from ground floor. If you get close enough to the model, the viewer becomes part of it and it is possible to belileve you are in the shed with the locomotives, especially if the outer edges of the strucure are beyond the viewer's peripheral vision.
Everything within the locomotive servicing shed has been scratch-built, apart from the barrels,lathes and other tools which have come from 1/35th military modelling kits. Worcester Road is located in Hereford and acts as a small service point able to supply fuel/water/oil and other daily servicing requirements for the diesels that arrive on the London trains, predominantly Warship class locomotives. It is also used occasionally to service rolling stock when the carriage and wagon repair shops are full.
It must be emphasised that the only authority to enter a diesel depot issued is in the form of a permit from the responsible office. So it is with thanks to Mike Walker (show organiser) who has allowed you a permit to access Worcester Road.
Please take time to enjoy Worcester Road Diesel Depot as it has taken 10 years to build.
Steve Harrod is a member of Cheltenham Diesel Hydraulic Modellers Group.
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